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Manhunt on for murder suspect who escaped Philadelphia hospital

Police said 17-year-old Shane Pryor is dangerous, and they ask anyone with knowledge of his whereabouts to not approach him and to contact police.
This combination photo shows escaped prisoner Shane Pryor.
Posted at 2:27 PM, Jan 25, 2024

Authorities in Philadelphia are warning residents to be on the alert as a manhunt is underway for a teenage murder suspect.

Police have identified the fugitive as 17-year-old Shane Pryor, who escaped Wednesday after being taken to the emergency room at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to be treated for a hand injury. Authorities said it is believed he fled the area in a stolen Ford F-150 pickup truck with a Pennsylvania license plate reading ZTS-0503.

The Philadelphia Police Department described Pryor as a Black male, 5-foot-7, weighing about 180 pounds, and last seen wearing a blue sweatshirt and sweatpants with no shoes. Deputy Commissioner of Investigations Frank Vanore said officers were using canines to search nearby building and parking garages, as well as the homes of any relatives living in the area. 

"We know from our investigation so far, looking at a lot of video, that he was able to go in and out of a few buildings in this area," Vanore said in a statement obtained by The Associated Press. 

Pryor was taken into custody on charges related to an Oct. 2020 homicide when the suspect was just 14-years-old. He has been held in a juvenile detention facility ever since. Authorities have advised anyone with knowledge of the fugitive's whereabouts to not approach him as he is "considered dangerous" and to immediately contact police.